Congratulations to all the winners who were presented with their awards at the ceremony on Thursday, 30 November 2017.
Young Employee of the Year - Ruhena Begum
Ruhena Begum, one of the borough's brightest new talents described as a ‘superb ambassador for the council’ won Young Employee of the Year. The Talk English Officer joined the council when she was just 18. As well as delivering English classes, Ruhena supports and manages volunteers, who play a key part in the project’s success.
Award sponsored by
Volunteer of the Year - Helen Leach
Volunteer of the Year was presented to Helen Leach in recognition of her tireless work to help the borough's less privileged. Helen, who leads on much of council's charity work in her own time has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes, including organising the annual charity abseil down the town hall clock tower.
Innovation Award - Emily Nickson
Young Peoples Support Officer Emily Nickson won the Innovation Award for her work delivering the councils ‘Early Help’ programme which supports separated parents to improve their relationships, reducing the impact on the wellbeing of their children. Emily’s work was described as ‘inspiring, forward-thinking and visionary’.
Rochdale Development Agency.
Team of the Year - Young Adult Team
The Young Adult Team, scooped Team of the Year. The team was established to support adult victims of child sexual exploitation who have experienced trauma and abuse. Comprising social workers, support planners and employment and skills staff, they support young people to get their lives back on track, developing innovative practices whilst gaining the trust of the young women.
Employee of the Year - David Genesis
Employee of the Year was awarded to gardener David Genesis. As well as keeping Rochdale's gardens and town centre to a high standard, he was responsible for installing the large carpet-bed display next to John Bright's statue in Broadfield Park. He takes great pride in ensuring the memorial gardens are kept to a very high standard and following the tragic events at the Manchester Arena was involved in producing 'The Manchester Bee' floral display.
Cooney Civil Engineering.
Pride of the Borough Award - Kim Moore
The Pride of the Borough Award, solely nominated by local people went to Social Care Assistant Kim Moore for going ‘above and beyond providing support and help around the clock to vulnerable residents’, described as an ‘angel on earth.’ She also helped to save the life of one of her clients.
ACE Outstanding Contribution (posthumously) - Yasin Khan
The Outstanding Contribution Award was won by youth worker Yasin Khan who tragically passed away in October 2017 after a short illness. Chief Executive Steve Rumbelow paid a moving tribute to Yasin, describing him as a great role model and perfect advocate for the borough:
“This award is thoroughly deserved for Yasin’s truly outstanding contribution to the council, the borough of rochdale and our communities. He performed exceptionally well and we received weekly compliments about his work. Whenever he was told about this positive feedback his response was always to say thank you for being given the opportunity to do the work that he did, which I think says everything about the man he was. Yasin worked with great passion and enthusiasm in everything he did. He has left a great legacy, he trained over 5,000 young people in safeguarding and his materials will continue to be used across the borough to help more young people.
Celebrating commitment and excellence
Nominations for the ACE Staff Awards has now closed. The awards evening took place on Thursday, 30 November 2017.
The ACE Staff Awards are annual awards to celebrate and recognise the achievements of staff across the council. The awards are open to all staff across the council. They are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate individuals and teams who have gone the extra mile in providing outstanding service and truly living the council's values: The Rochdale Way.
How to nominate
We'd like you as residents, partners, councillors, staff and users of our services to nominate individuals or teams who you feel deserve to be recognised for their commitment, hard work and dedication in delivering excellent services. Someone may have gone that extra mile to make sure you or someone you know, received an exceptional service.
As well as those staff that are front-facing there are many others who work behind the scenes in operational and support functions that should also be recognised for their commitment to the borough.
Closing date for nominations: Friday, 15 September 2017 at 5pm.
The awards ceremony and prizes
Date: evening of Thursday, 30 November 2017
Rochdale Town Hall
Nominators and shortlisted individuals and teams, as well as key stakeholders and other staff, will be invited to attend the ceremony. All shortlisted nominees will be invited to the event and presented with a certificate.
Our judging panel will consider the nominations. The winners will be announced and presented with a trophy and certificate at the ACE Staff Awards in November.
Shortlisting and judging
Shortlisting: announced in October 2017
Shortlisted candidates have been contacted directly. A list of the finalists are available on this page.
council's leadership team.
The judging panel was made up of representatives from staff across the council. The panel assessed the nominations against the criteria listed in each award category. The final selection was undertaken by the
Awards categories and finalists
Awards will be presented in 7 categories. These are:
Volunteer of the Year. This award recognises the work of those who volunteer within our communities. Many of the council’s staff devote time to organisations in the borough but the importance of their work often goes unrecognised. Let’s show them that we care.
Winner: Helen Leach.
Finalists: Legal Officer, Assistant Building Attendant, Early Help Service Manager.
Innovation Award. We’re looking for ACE employees whose ideas, passion or drive have made a change for the better. Is there someone out there whose innovation and ideas - no matter how small - have made a difference?
Winner: Emily Nickson.
Finalists: Youth Workers, Place Integration Lead, Assessment and Support Planning Officer, Young People's support Lead Officer.
Team of the Year. The ACE Team of the Year award recognises outstanding achievement by any council team. If you know an amazing team that has gone the extra mile for the council, the borough and its residents - let us know.
Winner: Young Adult Team.
Finalists: Young Adult Team, Debt Support Team Adult Care, Counter Fraud Team, Adult Care Senior Management Team, Cleaning Team at Number One Riverside.
Employee of the Year. The ACE Employee of the Year award is for the member of council staff who has done something special and deserves recognition. If you know a member of staff who is the best of the best, let us know about them.
Winner: David Genesis.
Finalists: Professional Youth Worker, Social Worker, Service Manager (Communities), Monitoring and Advice Officer, Senior Children's Centre Practitioner, Rochdale Streets Operative.
Pride of the Borough Award. (Nominations from residents only.) The winner of the Pride of the Borough Award will be chosen by our residents. They will have to demonstrate exceptional customer service or have gone beyond the call of duty. The council will ask residents to nominate their favourite employee and tell us why they deserve to win.
Winner: Kim Moore.
Finalists: Events Manager, Social Care Assistant, Advanced Practitioner - Post Adoption Support.
ACE Outstanding Contribution. (To be selected by the
Chief Executive in conjunction with the
Mayor of Rochdale.) We are looking for the Rochdale Borough Council employee who has made an Outstanding Contribution to the organisation. The winner will have demonstrated more than any other the values of the Rochdale Way. The winner to be announced at the ACE Staff Awards celebration evening on Thursday, 30 November 2017
Winner: (posthumously) Yasin Khan.
The council's values: The Rochdale Way
Focusing on customers - we treat people fairly, keep them informed, manage their expectations and deliver the services they need.
Valuing our people - we respect the views of others and encourage initiative.
Acting with integrity - we're open and honest and admit mistakes.
Using time and money wisely - we work hard to make sure that our resources are used correctly.
Working together - we create the right conditions to achieve the best outcomes for our customers.
Always learning and improving – we will always improve services and we support learning and development.
Thank you to our sponsors
Our awards ceremony is supported and sponsored by our partners and local businesses. If you'd like to sponsor the 2017 event or get more information on the packages available, please email
Young Employee of the Year - sponsored by Keepmoat Homes.
- Volunteer of the Year - sponsored by BT.
- Innovation Award - sponsored by Rochdale Development Agency.
- Team of the Year -sponsored by Countryside.
- Employee of the Year - sponsored by Cooney Civil Engineering.
- Pride of the Borough Award. - sponsored by Link4Life.
- ACE Outstanding Contribution - sponsored by Agilisys.
- Balfour Beatty
- FW Sherratt
- Great Places
- Mosscare St Vincent's
- Regenda Homes
- Taylor Wimpey